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‘Slumdog’ named best picture in Britain

Mon., Feb. 9, 2009

LONDON – Rags-to-riches story “Slumdog Millionaire” continued its fairy-tale journey Sunday, winning seven prizes including best picture at the British Academy Film Awards and sealing its place as favorite for the Oscars later this month.

Kate Winslet and Mickey Rourke also gained Oscar momentum with acting wins – Winslet for her role as a former Nazi concentration camp guard in “The Reader,” Rourke for his career-reviving performance as a washed-up athlete in “The Wrestler.” Heath Ledger won a posthumous supporting actor award for “The Dark Knight.”

“Slumdog,” Danny Boyle’s film about a Mumbai street boy’s rise from poverty to game-show triumph, went into the ceremony with 11 nominations and won prizes for best film, best director, adapted screenplay, music, cinematography, editing and sound.

Penelope Cruz was named best supporting actress for the Woody Allen comedy “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”



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